A handful of stage veterans—including some Rent alums—will make appearances in Fox’s upcoming live presentation of the rock musical.
Rounding out the company are Matthew Saldivar (Bernhardt/Hamlet), J. Elaine Marcos (Gettin’ the Band Back Together), Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King), Bryce Ryness (Hair), Emerson Collins (Bravo’s The People’s Couch), Jennifer Leigh Warren (Little Shop of Horrors), Debra Cardona (On Your Feet!), Darius Crenshaw (Hello, Dolly!), Khori Petinaud (Moulin Rouge!), Mia DeWeese (The Lucky Ones), Benjamin Rivera (Moulin Rouge!), Robert Roldan (So You Think You Can Dance), Morgan Marcell (Hamilton), Fred Odgaard (Hamilton), Tilly Evans-Krueger (The Lucky Ones), and recent So You Think You Can Dance winner Hannahlei Cabanilla, as well as dancers Jessica Lee Keller, Lenin Fernandez Jr., Nick Lanzisera, Sasha Dominique Mallory, and Ty Wells.
The group will appear in the ensemble and appear in a variety of minor characters, including the central Bohemians’ parents, Buzzline honcho Alexi Darling, the “honest living” squeegee man, and Life Support leader Paul.
As previously announced, the January 27 broadcast will star Jordan Fisher as Mark, Vanessa Hudgens as Maureen, Brennin Hunt as Roger, Tinashe as Mimi, Valentina as Angel, Brandon Victor Dixon as Tom Collins, Kiersey Clemons as Joanne, and Mario as Benny, with Keala Settle singing the solo in “Seasons of Love.”
Bernard Telsey, who cast the original production of Jonathan Larson’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, is responsible for casting the new small-screen adaptation. Original director Michael Greif also returns to helm the TV version with live television director Alex Rudzinski. The producing team includes Marc Platt and Julia and Al Larson, sister and father to the late Jonathan.